9-11-12 author's photo Ghazi at his Fargo deskGHAZI Q. HASSOUN, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Physics at North Dakota State University. He was born in Palestine during the British Mandate. He became a refugee in Lebanon in 1948. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the American University of Beirut and M.S. and PhD from the University of Minnesota.

While actively pursuing his profession as a physicist over four decades, his experiences as a child in the politically torn country of Palestine and his refugee days in Lebanon continued to haunt him and demand explanations to fundamental questions and issues relating to national identity, religion, ethnicity, East vs. West, war and peace, among others. Questions and issues, which nagged him for years, were a cause of much travail and tribulation. He promised himself, upon retirement, to confront them head on, to try to understand them, and to explore how might they be turned around from stumbling blocks to stepping-stones. This book details the quest in this journey and invites the reader to come along.


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